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They Do Come Back


Published 1940


This film courtesy of The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
DIRECTOR: Edgar Ulmer. SPONSOR: National Tuberculosis Association. PRODUCTION: DeFrenes Studios. CAMERA: Joseph Noble. EDITOR: Hans Mandl. NARRATOR: Alois Havrilla. CAST: Wilma Caspar, Edward Mulhern. NARA ARC Identifier: 98572

Aimed at spreading the word to young, working or college age white Americans, the film takes place in “EVERY TOWN USA” (which actually turns out to be Philadelphia, where the film was shot). Following the relationship of Roy and Julie, romance, here in the form of a kiss, leads to disaster. Roy coughs up blood! As the title suggests, however, there is redemption. Our characters do come back. Frantically narrated by radio personality Alois Havrilla, there is a sense of urgency to Julie and Roy’s predicament, but an equal sense that their acceptance of science and medicine is predicated on the NTA’s widespread media campaign. Directed by Edgar Ulmer.


Run time 17
Producer DeFrenes Studios
Production Company DeFrenes Studios
Sponsor National Tuberculosis Association
Audio/Visual sound, black & white

Reviews

Reviewer: Spuzz - - February 15, 2015
Subject: Heathen will get what's coming to them!
Good melodramatic film covering the panic of TB and what should be done if you get it. Rest rest rest! Here's a book to read! You may need an operation! Cheer up! Surprised that one of the two were'nt treated like dirt vs the other one. In fact (spoiler) they get back together in the end!
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